For months, Donald Trump has been attempting to position his opponent as Sleepy Joe Biden hiding in the basement. On Thursday night, that opponent was shot out of the basement on a rocket ship and Sleepy Joe just woke the nation. I’ve never seen a candidate draw a more clear distinction between himself and an adversary; and all he really had to do was bring us one step back towards human decency. Perhaps the clearest contrast came when Biden actually took the time to mourn those lost to the pandemic. “On this summer night, let me take a moment to speak to those of you who have lost the most. I know how it feels to lose someone you love. I know that deep black hole that opens up in your chest. That you feel your whole being is sucked into it. I know how mean and cruel and unfair life can be sometimes. But I’ve learned two things. First, your loved ones may have left this Earth but they never leave your heart. They will always be with you. And second, I found the best way through pain and loss and grief is to find purpose.” Biden positioned the race as a battle between the light and the darkness. (Choose the light. And for eff’s sake, make it an LED light.) Here’s the best speech of Joe Biden’s life. How can I be sure the speech was so good? My 11 year-old daughter reviewed it: “I like Biden. He’s cool. He’s chill. He seems like someone who would be dad’s friend.” That’s the nicest thing she’s said about either one of us.